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E-Type Reimagined

Building The Legend - tera quad-cam V12 - E-Type Reimagined

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From small beginnings in his workshops in Coventry, England, Neville Swales has been quietly creating meticulously-engineered and beautiful sports cars. His first cars were inspired by Jaguar’s 1966 XJ13 Le Mans Prototype – a car originally designed to take on the might of Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans. The single original example built by Jaguar was destined to never turn a wheel in anger. Assisted by surviving members of the original team who created this masterpiece in 1966, Neville’s first re-creation of the 1966 XJ13 was a finalist in the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards where it stood shoulder-to-shoulder against icons such as the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 and the 1956 Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type.

Neville’s first car has since been joined by a very limited number of customer cars built to the same exacting standard. Aiming to push the boundaries of automotive restoration even further, his journey now continues with examples of cars powered by his own unique interpretation of Jaguar’s legendary quad-cam V12 “XJ13” engine – the tera® V12. Neville’s engine also takes its inspiration from period offerings from Ferrari, Matra and Lamborghini. The tera® V12 is the type of power unit that could have been heard howling down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans in 1966 and beyond. An engine that should have powered Jaguar’s range of sports cars and saloons if circumstances had allowed.


Neville’s quad-cam tera® V12 is a beautifully sculptural engine and unashamedly “of the period”. Capable of running on the new generation of carbon-neutral “green” fuels, these mighty engines will be heard for many years into the future as the world responds to its environmental challenges.


In this 60th anniversary of the E-Type, and born out of a love for these cars, only 24 cars will be produced. Each built to the exact specification of the owners, to create unique works of automotive art, which will never be replicated. Working with one of the UK’s foremost coach-builders, each car will be an utterly unique re-body and re-interpretation of Jaguar’s S3 V12 E-Type in coupe, roadster or “lowdrag” racecar form. Neville’s cars succeed in regaining the purity and elegance of Jaguar’s early E-Types – an elegance that was lost as the series evolved over the years.


Exquisitely tailored for 24 fortunate individuals, each car will represent a unique investment and piece of living automotive history. Body styles and detailed finish are limited only by the imaginations of Neville working with each customer to create unique works of automotive art. Although the first four cars in the series are already spoken for, a total of six cars will be delivered each year over the next four years. Built in Coventry, England, each combines uncompromising hand-crafted production standards, with advanced modern technology and bespoke interiors. Neville’s mission is to celebrate the purity and elegance of the iconic Series 1 E-Type design, combined with the excitement of the quad-cam tera® V12 – available in 6.1 litre (372 cu in) or 6.8 litre (415 cu in) form.


Stake your claim now for one of these beautiful hand-crafted cars. Orders will be fulfilled on a strictly “first-come-first-served”. Staged payments can be made to spread the build cost or we can offer attractive finance options. We are also willing to consider part-exchange. A vast range of options is available – from electric windows, revised rear suspension location/geometry, electric handbrake, uprated braking system, proximity sensors, central-locking, speed-sensitive power-steering, race alloy wheels or multi-spoke wires, combined air-conditioning/heating and much more.


Contact Neville Swales for details or to arrange a workshop visit and test-drive:


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